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PicoScope 2000 Series

sku Product SKU:  PIC-2000-S

USB oscilloscopes & mixed signal oscilloscopes

  • 2 channel, 4 channel and MSO models
  • 6 instruments in one
  • Ultra-compact design
  • Up to 100 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 128 MS buffer memory
  • Decode 16 serial protocols as standard
  • USB connected and powered
  • Windows, Linux and Mac software

PicoScope 2000 Series 4-channel oscilloscope

Your complete test & measurement laboratory

You can use your PicoScope 2000 Series as an advanced oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, function generator, arbitrary waveform generator and protocol decoder out of the box. Mixed signal models also add a 16 channel logic analyzer. A complete electronics lab in one compact, low-cost, USB-powered unit.

The PicoScope 2000A models deliver unbeatable value for money and are ideal for education, hobby and field service use. In the lab the low cost allows one scope per person rather than having to share.

The PicoScope 2000B models have the added benefits of deep memory (up to 128 MS), higher bandwidth (up to 100 MHz) and faster waveform update rates. PicoScope 2000B models give you the performance to carry out advanced analysis of your waveforms. They are ideal for design, debug and serial decoding.

The Configure Your Scope panel on the left gives a quick guide to the models, specifications and prices.

High end oscilloscope

Oscilloscope display showing zoom, rulers and measurements

High-end oscilloscope

At the heart of every PicoScope 2000 is an advanced oscilloscope which offers everything you would expect and much more besides:

  • 10,000 waveform circular buffer
  • Up to 80,000 waveforms per second update rate
  • Mask limit testing
  • Advanced math & filtering
  • Measurements with statistics
  • Advanced digital triggering 
  • Resolution enhancement to 12 bits

mixed signal pc oscilloscope (MSO)

Logic analyzer / mixed signal ability

The PicoScope 2000 Series includes mixed signal models that include 16 digital inputs so that you can view digital and analog signals simultaneously.

The digital inputs can be displayed individually or in named groups with binary, decimal or hexadecimal values shown in a bus-style display. A separate logic threshold from –5 V to +5 V can be defined for each 8-bit input port. The digital trigger can be activated by any bit pattern combined with an optional transition on any input. Advanced logic triggers can be set on either the analog or digital input channels, or both to enable complex mixed-signal triggering.

The digital inputs bring extra power to the serial decoding options.  You can decode serial data on all analog and digital channels simultaneously, giving you up to 18 channels of data.  You can for example decode multiple SPI, I²C, CAN bus, LIN bus and FlexRay signals all at the same time!

Mixed Signal Oscilloscope / Logic Analyzer (roll over red circles for description)

Serial bus decoding and protocol analysis

PicoScope can decodev 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet,  FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, PS/2, SENT, SPI, UART (RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485), and USB 1.1 protocol data as standard, with more protocols in development and available in the future with free-of-charge software upgrades.

Multiple protocols can be captured and decoded, the only limit being the number of available channels (18 for MSO models). The ability to observe data flow across a bridge (such as CAN bus in, LIN bus out) is incredibly powerful.

The deep memory buffers make the PicoScope 2000B models ideal for serial decoding as it is possible to capture and decode many thousands of frames of data.

FFT spectrum analyzer

Increasing the number of points in a FFT to 1 million increases frequency resolution and reduces the noise floor.

FFT spectrum analyzer

The spectrum view plots amplitude against frequency, revealing details that would otherwise be hidden in an oscilloscope view. It is ideal for finding noise, crosstalk or distortion in signals.

You can display multiple spectrum views alongside oscilloscope views of the same data. A comprehensive set of automatic frequency-domain measurements can be added to the display, including THD, THD+N, SNR, SINAD and IMD. A mask limit test can be applied to a spectrum and you can even use the AWG and spectrum mode together to perform swept scalar network analysis.

With PicoScope 2000B models FFTs of up to 1 million points can be computed in milliseconds giving superb frequency resolution. Increasing the number of points in a FFT also lowers the noise floor revealing otherwise hidden signals.

PicoScope Arbitary Waveform Generator (AWG) editor

Arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and function generator

All PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes have a built-in function generator and arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) which output signals on a front panel BNC.

The function generator can produce sine, square, triangle and DC level waveforms, and many more besides, while the AWG allows you to import custom waveforms from data files or create and modify them using the built-in graphical AWG editor.

As well as level, offset and frequency controls, advanced options allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies. Combined with the advanced spectrum mode, with options including peak hold, averaging and linear/log axes, this creates a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.

PicoScope 2000B models have trigger options that allow one or more cycles of a waveform to be output when various conditions are met, such as the scope triggering or a mask limit test failing.

Frequency response analyzer / Bode plot

Frequency response analyzer / Bode plot

Download new features or write your own

The software development kit (SDK) allows you to write your own software and includes drivers for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac (OS X) and Linux (including Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone).

Example code shows how to interface to third-party software packages such as Microsoft Excel, National Instruments LabVIEW and MathWorks MATLAB. 

There is also an active community of PicoScope users who share code and applications on the Pico forum and PicoApps section of the picotech.com web site. The Frequency Response Analyzer shown opposite is one of the most popular 3rd party applications.

ZAR 2040.0000

IMG-Pico-IMGusb-drdaq

PICO USB DrDAQ

sku Product SKU:  PIC-DrDAQ

Data logger, oscilloscope, signal generator and more!

montage of DrDAQ data logger pictured on top of 2 screenshots from PicoLog 6 and PicoScope 6

DrDAQ is a versatile instrument that connects to the USB port of any PC.  

Using the supplied PicoScope software it can be used as an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer and signal generator.

Using the supplied PicoLog 6 software it can be used as a data logger with built-in sensors for light, temperature and sound. It can also measure voltage and resistance. In addition it has a socket for standard pH electrodes and connectors that allow the use of optional external sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, pressure and more.

 

Annotated monochrome line drawing of DrDAQ logger showing location of inputs and outputs

DrDAQ features

  • Oscilloscope / spectrum analyzer
  • Signal generator / arbitrary waveform generator
  • Built-in sensors for light, temperature and sound
  • Measure pH and redox — just plug in any standard electrode
  • Sockets for external sensors including temperature and humidity
  • 4 digital inputs and outputs (alarms, PWM, pulse counting)
  • USB connected and powered
  • Supplied with PicoScope 6 and PicoLog 6 software
  • Supplied with PicoSDK Windows, Mac and Linux drivers
  • Very low cost

 

Screenshot of PicoScope 6 software for Windows showing oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer views

Oscilloscope / spectrum analyzer

The DrDAQ oscilloscope input has a 100 kHz bandwidth, 8-bit resolution and four input ranges.  

It is supplied with a full version of the PicoScope software, which offers high-end oscilloscope functions such as FFT spectrum analysis, mask limit testing, software-based filters and measurements.

 

Screenshot showing PicoScope 6 arbitrary waveform generator menu in PicoScope 6 software

Signal generator / arbitrary waveform generator (AWG)

The DrDAQ has a built in DC to 20 kHz function generator which when used with PicoScope software can output sine, square, triangle, ramp and DC voltage signals.

As well as the standard waveforms available from the function generator, custom waveforms can be created using the 10-bit 2 MS/s arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). AWG waveforms can be created or edited using the built-in editor, imported from oscilloscope traces, or loaded from a spreadsheet.

 

Screenshot taken from PicoLog 6 software of sound level and sound dBA waveform

Sound level meter / sound waveforms

The built-in microphone can be used in two ways.

  • Sound level meter / data logger with a 55 to 100 dB range using PicoLog 6
  • Oscilloscope / spectrum analyzer with views of sound waveforms using PicoScope 6

 

Coiled up DD100 DrDAQ temperature sensor with sensor tip nearest camera

Temperature sensor / data logger

A built-in sensor allows measures room temperature from –10 °C to +70 °C (14°F to +158°F) 

The optional DD100 external sensor measures over a wider range of –10 °C to +105 °C (14°F to +221°F).

 

pH meter / redox meter

DrDAQ is compatible with standard pH electrodes allowing measurement and data logging over the full pH range. Since pH values are temperature-dependent you can use a DD100 temperature sensor and DrDAQ automatically corrects the pH value based on the temperature of the solution.

A kit is available containing a DrDAQ, pH electrode and temperature sensor. If you already own a DrDAQ, these sensors can be purchased separately.

The same high-impedance input used for pH can alternatively be used with redox sensors.  The ability to measure and record pH and redox along with temperature and oxygen levels makes DrDAQ ideal for a wide range of chemistry and biology experiments.  

 

External sensors

Three sockets are dedicated to external sensors. Simply plug in one of the optional external sensors and the software identifies the type of sensor and scales results with the correct units. Available sensors (see the Accessories tab) include temperature, oxygen, humidty and position.

Available accessories for the BNC inputs include ocilloscope probes, pH electrodes, redox sensors and a magnetic induction kit (educational experiment).

If you want to interface other sensors or design your own, full instructions are included.

 

Montage of LED color setting and DrDAQ logger hardware

Digital I/O, RGB LED and more! 

The DrDAQ has 4 digital inputs / outputs.  Each can be individually configured to be an input or alarm output, generate a PWM output signal or act as a pulse counter.

Resistance over a 0 to 1 MΩ range can be measured through the screw terminals. If used with resistive sensors (thermistors, light etc.) then the supplied software allows for scaling into the correct units.

Finally there is a software-controlled status LED that can be programmed to output any one of 16.7 million different colors using PicoScope 6.

 

Montage of Pico Technology website showing examples of science experiment library and a DrDAQ data logger

Science experiments and education

As well as its use within industry, DrDAQ has proved itself to be popular both as an educational data logger (physics, chemistry, biology and electronics) and also as a versatile instrument for hobby use at home.  

Visit our library of experiments for dozens of experiments you can perform with your DrDAQ.

 

Image showing DrDAQ logger pictured side-by-side a RaspberryPi computer

Software drivers and example code

DrDAQ is supplied with full versions of both PicoScope and PicoLog software. It is also supplied with a wide range of drivers and example code to allow you to write your own programs and interface to third-party software.

Drivers are included for Microsoft Windows (7, 8 and 10), macOS, and Linux (including Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone).

Code examples are supplied for C, C++, C#, LabVIEW, Python and MATLAB.

 

DrDAQ logger pictured with all accessories from the includes 2 temperature, 1 pH, 1 humidity sensors and 1 scope probe

Plug in and measure

DrDAQ simply plugs into the USB port of your PC – no external power supply is required.  Everything you need to get started is included:

  • DrDAQ data logger / oscilloscope
  • PicoScope 6 software (download from website)
  • PicoLog 6 software (download from website)
  • PicoSDK drivers and example code (download from website)
  • USB cable
  • Manual 

ZAR 1960.0000

PicoScope 5000 Series

sku Product SKU:  PIC-5000-S

PicoScope 5000D MSO with hi-res waveform in the background

  • FlexRes 8 to 16-bit hardware resolution
  • Up to 200 MHz analog bandwidth
  • 1 GS/s sampling at 8-bit resolution
  • 62.5 MS/s sampling at 16-bit resolution
  • Up to 512 MS capture memory
  • 16 digital channels on MSO models
  • 130 000 waveforms per second
  • Built-in arbitrary waveform generator
  • 18 serial decoding protocols as standard
  • Up to 200 MHz spectrum analyzer

Today’s electronic designs employ a wide range of signal types: analog, digital, serial (both high- and low-speed), parallel, audio, video, power distribution and so on. All need to be debugged, measured and validated to ensure that the device under test is functioning correctly and within specification.

To handle this variety of signal types, PicoScope 5000D FlexRes hardware employs multiple high-resolution ADCs at the input channels in different time-interleaved and parallel combinations to optimize either the sampling rate to 1 GS/s at 8 bits, the resolution to 16 bits at 62.5 MS/s, or other combinations in between – you select the most appropriate hardware resolution for the requirements of each measurement.

2 and 4 channel models are available, all featuring a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection, providing lightning-fast saving of waveforms while retaining compatibility with older USB standards. The PicoSDK® software development kit supports continuous streaming to the host computer at rates up to 125 MS/s. The product is small and light, and operates silently thanks to its low-power fanless design.

Supported by the free-of-charge and regularly updated PicoScope 6 software, the PicoScope 5000D Series offers an ideal, cost-effective package for many applications, including design, research, test, education, service and repair. 

What is FlexRes?

Pico FlexRes flexible resolution oscilloscopes allow you to reconfigure the scope hardware to increase either the sampling rate or the resolution. This means you can reconfigure the hardware to be either a fast (1 GS/s) 8-bit oscilloscope for looking at digital signals, or a high-resolution 16-bit oscilloscope for audio work and other analog applications. Whether you’re capturing and decoding fast digital signals or looking for distortion in sensitive analog signals, FlexRes oscilloscopes are the answer.

PicoScope 5000D zoomed in on a PAL color burst video signal.

Deep capture memory

PicoScope 5000D Series oscilloscopes have waveform capture memories ranging from 128 to 512 million samples – many times larger than traditional benchtop scopes. Deep memory enables the capture of long-duration waveforms at maximum sampling speed. In fact, the PicoScope 5000D Series can capture waveforms over 500 ms long with 1 ns resolution. In contrast, the same 500 ms waveform captured by an oscilloscope with a 10 megasample memory would have just 50 ns resolution.

Deep memory can be useful in other ways too: PicoScope lets you divide the capture memory into a number of segments, up to a maximum of 10 000. You can set up a trigger condition to store a separate capture in each segment, with as little as 1 µs dead time between captures. Once you have acquired the data, you can step through the memory one segment at a time until you find the event you are looking for. Powerful tools are included to allow you to manage and examine all of this data. As well as functions such as mask limit testing and color persistence mode, PicoScope 6 software enables you to zoom into your waveform by a factor of several million. The Zoom Overview window allows you to easily control the size and location of the zoom area.

Other tools, such as DeepMeasureTM, serial decoding and hardware acceleration work with the deep memory, making the PicoScope 5000D Series among the most powerful oscilloscopes on the market.

PicoScope 5000D MSO showing both analog and digital channels

Mixed-signal models

The PicoScope 5000D MSO models add 16 digital channels to the 2 or 4 analog channels, enabling you to accurately time-correlate analog and digital channels. Digital channels may be grouped and displayed as a bus, with each bus value displayed in hex, binary or decimal or as a level (for DAC testing). You can set advanced triggers across both the analog and digital channels. The digital channels can also be used as sources for the serial decoders, giving up to 20 channels of data – for example decoding multiple SPI, I²C, CAN bus, LIN bus and FlexRay signals all at the same time.

PicoScope 5000D pulse width triggering setup menu

Advanced digital triggering

The PicoScope 5000D Series offers an industry-leading set of advanced triggers including pulse width, runt pulse, windowed and dropout. 

PicoScope 5000D MSO logic trigger setup menu

The digital trigger available on MSO models allows you to trigger the scope when any or all of the 16 digital inputs match a user-defined pattern. You can specify a condition for each channel individually, or set up a pattern for all channels at once using a hexadecimal or binary value. You can also use the logic trigger to combine the digital trigger with an edge or window trigger on any of the analog inputs, for example to trigger on data values in a clocked parallel bus.

PicoScope 5000D built-in Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Arbitrary waveform and function generator

All PicoScope 5000D units have a built in 14-bit 200 MS/s arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). You can create and adapt arbitrary waveforms using the built-in editor, import them from existing oscilloscope traces, or load a waveform from a spreadsheet.

PicoScope 5000D Function Generator

The AWG can also act as a function generator with a range of standard output signals, including sine, square, triangle, DC level, white noise and PRBS. As well as the basic controls to set level, offset and frequency, more advanced controls allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies.

Combined with the spectrum peak hold option, this makes a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses. Trigger tools allow you to output one or more cycles of a waveform when various conditions are met, such as the scope triggering or a mask limit test failing.

Gain & phase plot using FRA for PicoScope application

Software Development Kit - write your own apps

The software development kit (SDK) allows you to write your own software and includes drivers for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac (macOS) and Linux (including Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone).

Example code shows how to interface to third-party software packages such as Microsoft Excel, National Instruments LabVIEW and MathWorks MATLAB. 

There is also an active community of PicoScope users who share code and applications on the Pico forum and PicoApps section of the picotech.com web site. The Frequency Response Analyzer shown opposite is one of the most popular third-party applications.

ZAR 20660.0000